21:37 GMT16 June 2021
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    PEMBA, Mozambique (Sputnik) - Mozambique's security services fear that there is a threat of emergence of a Daesh* enclave in the country following last month's days-long terror assault on the gas town of Palma, a national security source told Sputnik.

    "There is no doubt that yes, we run this risk if we do not increase our strength and do not work together. A joint work, it needs to be done," the source said, when asked whether there is a threat that Daesh would create a stronghold in the border area.

    When asked about militants operating in the country, the source said that the province of Cabo Delgado, where Palma is located, is the epicenter of armed violence in northern Mozambique, however militants are also active in such provinces as Nampula and Niassa.

    According to the source, Mozambique and neighboring Tanzania are currently cooperating in fight against terrorists.

    In late March, jihadists announced seizure of Palma, killing an unknown number of people and displacing some 14,000 in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. On 2 April, the police of Mozambique told Sputnik that there were no militants in the town any longer. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    *Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.

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